'Great Maine Apple Day' celebrates history, diversity

Great Maine Apple Day celebrates history

UNITY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) celebrated the state's apple heritage Sunday as part of Great Maine Apple Day in Unity.

Apple lovers got to learn about more than a hundred different apple varieties as well as taste some that you may have never heard of before.

The event also held info sessions on history, cider tasting and alternative orchard design. It's all part of keeping a unique part of the Maine agricultural industry alive.

"Today is about Maine's heirloom apple varieties," Laura Sieger said. "As you probably know there are only a few varieties sold in the supermarkets and they did not originate in Maine."

At least half of the varieties showcased originated right here in the state.

Sieger is currently working as an apprentice to apple expert John Bunker of Super Chilly Farm. Bunker held several of the info sessions at the event.

Now in the peak of fall, it was also a time for families to get out and enjoy the season. Several vendors sold their crop, cider and apple baked goods.

Growers said the drought did impact some of their crop this year, but they were able to pull through.

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